''And When the Rabbi Laughs'': A Delightful Compendium of Contemporary Rabbinic Humor

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Xlibris Corporation, Oct 5, 2011 - Humor - 107 pages
Joy and humor are an integral part of Jewish tradition. The very name of Abrahams son, Yitzchak (Isaac), reflects his mothers laughter when she heard the good news of her forthcoming delivery of a child. She thought it hilarious that she would be blessed with a son in her advanced age. King David danced joyfully and publicly before the Holy Ark as it was being brought back to its home. The rabbis of the Talmud are famous for their antics in bringing happiness and laughter to the bride and groom at their wedding. In fact, the Psalms clearly state, Serve God with joy. (100:2). It is only in an optimistic and cheerful frame of mind that we can truly come close to the divine. Rabbi Weinberg inherited a love of Jewish humor from his family. He enjoys sharing entertaining stories with his congregants and friends. Finally, his grandchildren, who have not heard these repertoires very often, urged him to commit them to writing. He gladly took up the challenge and these enjoyable pages are the result. Please feel free to visit Rabbi Weinberg on his e-mail at 3natan6@gmail.com
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
A Close Call
11
A Compliment of Sorts
12
A Creative Mind
13
Hes Serious
14
A Good Cause
15
A Key Issue
16
A Little Respect Please
17
Lack of Vision
61
Keeping Up with the Neighbors
62
Just a Matter of Time
63
Perel The Jewish Parrot
64
Nerves of Steel
65
No More
66
Safety in Numbers
67
No Rush
68

The Secret of Longevity
18
A Minor Revision
19
A Natural Physician
20
A New Experience
21
Cheers
22
Easy Does It
23
Mistaken Identity
24
A Special Gift
25
A Tale of Two Cities
26
Arrived Safely
27
Crime and Punishment
28
Just a Thought
29
Excuses
31
How to Make a Seder
33
For the Record
34
If it Fits     
35
Right on Target
37
Enough Already
38
The Whole Truth
39
A Novel Strategy
42
Above Suspicion
43
Fully Supervised
44
For Shame
45
A Slight Adjustment
46
Instant Wisdom
47
Just a Little Leeway
48
Finally
49
Anything Helps
50
Begging in the Vatican
51
Every Word the Truth
52
Just Another Hurdle
54
Hold On
55
No Choice
56
Just to Let You Know
57
What a Sermon
59
Not a Problem
60
Just One Ticket
69
Respect
70
Perfect Logic
71
Seeing is Believing
73
Oops
74
Justice Triumphs
75
No Carte Blanche
76
Not a Feast
77
Ultimate Faith
78
Putting His Foot Down
79
What a Joy
80
The Last Straw
81
The Perils of Healthy Food
82
The Minyan Man
83
The Ultimate Goal
84
Wrong Department
85
Whos that Again?
86
The Marvels of HighTech
87
The Elusive Ticket
88
Patience
89
Honor Among Thieves
90
Slightly Damaged Wares
91
Some People Never Learn
92
The Last Hurrah
93
What a Party
94
The Preacher and the Horse
95
Where Theres a Will   
96
The Privileges of Membership
98
You Should Have Told Me
99
Just This Once
100
Mission Accomplished
101
Strength in Numbers
102
Peace at All Costs
104
Just a Detail
105
A Present of Sorts
107
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Rabbi Weinberg enjoys e-mailing and is occasionally available for lectures. He may be reached at nswein@rcn.com.

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